Plumbing vents may be something you are unfamiliar with, but they are necessary in any home for a variety of reasons. Almost all plumbing fixtures need to have vents. The only exception are floor drains.
Regularly Have Your HVAC System Inspected
We've all heard that old saying “An ounce of prevention...” This is never more true than with a commercial HVAC system which, especially during the winter months, can be the lifeline of your business. A building that's not heating efficiently or has a defective ventilation system will negatively affect both your customers and employees. In the case of a major malfunction like your pipes freezing, it may even shut down your operations for several days while a licensed plumber makes repairs.
While most newer HVAC systems are designed and tested during the construction phase of a building, systems in older buildings may never have been through the process, causing them to run inefficiently and inconsistently. The testing, balancing and adjustment of an HVAC system can be done both as a preventative measure, or to determine and correct issues that are or have been occurring.
If you have been experiencing issues like condensation, leaks or hot and cold spots in your building, a test and balance can identify the problems and determine what will be needed to bring your system back up to peak performance.
If you are a homeowner in Charleston, SC, then you know the winters have the potential of getting pretty cold. And, if your body is used to the warm weather, it can be quite a shock. However, another shocker will be your utility bill if you keep your thermostat set at too high a temperature. So what temperature should you set your thermostat to during the winter?